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Prescriptions by GPs

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  • Release date: 20 September 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
An annual report including information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost.

This line chart shows the number of items increasing steadily from 21 million in 1973 to 40 million in 1998-99, followed by a steeper rise until 2010-11; from that year the line flattens to stand at 80 million in 2016-17. It also highlights that free prescriptions were introduced in Wales on 1 April 2007.

Key points

  • Between 2006-07 and 2016-17 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 35% from 59.1 to 80.0 million.
  • Over the decade the net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items prescribed by GPs in Wales decreased by 0.4% to £576.7 million.
  • The number of items per head (registered with a GP) in 2016-17 was 25.0 – up 31% from 19.1 in 2006-07. 


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